Granite Point Wall
Just outside the Point Lobos State Reserve boundary, Granite Point Wall is well sheltered during the south wind and swell of winter storms.
Most people's experience with cowries is limited to seeing napkin holders fashioned from the tiger cowries found in the south pacific. Thankfully for them, chestnut cowries (Cypraea spadicea) are a little small for use in a table setting. While I find their exposed mantle and polished shell interesting, I seldom shoot pictures of them since they seem to have an affinity for boring backgrounds. This one was kind enough to pose with some Corynactis californica and a bright red sponge. "Granite Point Wall", Carmel Bay, California April 2, 2006